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Concern for missing Banbury man

Thames Valley Police is renewing its appeal for the public’s assistance to locate a 43-year-old man reported missing since Saturday 17 May from Portway, Banbury.

It is thought he may have travelled to the Cambridgeshire area.

Andrew Mark Lever, called Andy, was last seen by family on the evening of Saturday 17 May and thought to have driven to the Cambridgeshire area in his blue Ford Ka licence plate BW03.

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Andy Lever was last seen on 17th May Credit: Thames Valley Police

He may have been headed towards the Chatteris, or Peterborough area of Cambridgeshire.

He is white, around 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and black three-quarter length jeans.

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Andy is thought to have travelled to Cambridgeshire in a car similar to this one Credit: Thames Valley Police

Det Insp Claire Thorngate of Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Local CID said: “Despite extensive enquiries we can find no evidence of the normal footprint of activity that people leave in their everyday life."

Renewed appeal for missing man from Banbury

Andrew Mark Lever Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has renewed its appeal to locate a 41-year-old man reported missing on Saturday from Portway in Banbury. Andrew Mark Lever, called Andy, was last seen by family on Saturday evening and may possibly be in the Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire areas.

He has two tattoos, a Japanese symbol on one arm and black and red design on the other. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and black three-quarter length jeans. He drives a blue Ford Ka licence plate BW03.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Claire Thorngate said, “Police are increasingly concerned for his welfare due to his state of mind when he went missing. I would appeal to anyone who may know his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible."

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CCTV image released in connection with assault

Police want to speak to man regarding assault Credit: TV Police

Thames Valley Police have released a CCTV image of a man the would like to speak to in conneciton with an assault in Banbury during the May Bank Holiday weekend. At around 7:40pm on Saturday 3rd, two men, aged 47 and 39 sustained cuts and bruises to their faces.

They were assaulted by a man in the Wild Lime Pub on Bridge Street. The man is described as white, around 5ft 10ins and of medium build. He has a shaved head and was wearing a grey top and blue jeans. He has a large tattoo on his right forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police.

Man charged with GHB with intent

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and a drugs offence.

Tabase Ahmed, aged 22, of Park Road, Banbury, has been charged with one count of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis.

The charges are in relation to an incident on Tuesday in which a car was reversed towards a police officer in Banbury. The officer was not injured.

Ahmed was released on bail to appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on 28th April.

Shops re-open after industrial unit blaze

Stores at an industrial unit in Oxfordshire have been re-opening after a severe fire at an industrial unit in Banbury on Friday night.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had crews at the scene throughout the weekend monitoring the situation.

On arrival, the first fire appliances were faced with a fully developed fire involving a Cash and Carry and a Tool Hire Unit. There was a lot of heat, large flames and a substantial amount of smoke.

The fire had also heated up cylinders and it appeared that there were fireworks involved as well. At the height of the blaze, 15 fire engines were involved in tackling the flames.

These conditions presented a very hazardous environment and fire-fighting activities had to be carefully planned and supervised."

– Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Crews tackle huge Banbury blaze

Fire crews from Oxfordshire are still at the scene of a major fire on an industrial estate in Banbury, Oxfordshire. They were called to the Beaumont estate last night, to tackle the blaze, which broke out at a disused cash and carry unit. A large number of gas cylinders were also near the premises.

We expect to be tackling the fire for several hours yet, and are likely to maintain a presence well into the weekend to monitor the situation - particularly with regard to allowing any potentially dangerous gas cylinders time to cool."

– David Etheridge - Oxfordshire Chief Fire Officer

Woman detained after crossing crash

A woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act after a car was hit by a train on a level crossing in Oxfordshire. The British Transport Police released the following statement a short time ago:

BTP officers were called to the line close to Sandy Lane, Yarnton, on Tuesday, 12 November after a report that a vehicle had been struck by a train at the crossing.

On arrival, emergency services discovered one woman inside the car, a black Volkswagen Golf. The woman, in her 40s and from Banbury, was cut out from the car by the Fire and Rescue Service and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital on Tuesday night, although her injuries are not believed to be serious. She has since been detained under the Mental Health Act and remains in hospital for an assessment."

– British Transport Police

The train involved in the incident, the 2.45pm Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Cross Country service, remained upright and on the tracks and there were no reported injuries to the 100 passengers onboard.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation have been informed.

British Transport Police officers are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and would urge anyone with information to contact them on 0800 40 50 40** **quoting incident number 407 of 12/11/2013.

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